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Sri Lanka's Dhammika Prasad retires from international cricket
Colombo, Feb 19 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Dhammika Prasad has retired from international cricket. Prasad, 37, last played for Sri Lanka in a Test match against the West Indies in October 2014.
2021-02-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL records 1,682 tourist arrivals after airports re-open
Colombo, Feb 10 (IANS) Sri Lanka registered 1,682 tourist arrivals in January airports resumed flight operations following a nine-month suspension since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to officials.
2021-02-10
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lankan Prez inaugurates construction of irrigation tunnel
Colombo, Feb 7 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has inaugurated the construction of an irrigation tunnel to be undertaken by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd (CSCEC), local media reported.
2021-02-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL mull postponing WI tour as Arthur, Thirimanne test Covid positive
Colombo, Feb 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur and batsman Lahiru Thirimanne have tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the Sri Lanka cricket board to mull over postponing their tour of West Indies currently slated to begin from February 20.
2021-02-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL to begin Covid vaccination for frontline workers
Colombo, Jan 29 (IANS) Sri Lankan health authorities will on Friday begin the inoculation of 250,000 frontline health workers against the novel coronavirus after Covid-19 vaccines donated by India arrived in the island nation, the President's Media Division said in a statement.
2021-01-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Jerome Jayaratne appointed Sri Lanka manager for Windies tour
Colombo, Jan 26 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed Jerome Jayaratne as the 'National Team Manager' for the team's upcoming tour of West Indies.
2021-01-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka reopens schools for higher grades
Colombo, Jan 26 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities reopened schools in the Western Province for senior grades after they were closed in October 2020 due to a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-01-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Education,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
England win 5 consecutive Tests abroad for 1st time in 107 yrs
Galle, Jan 25 (IANS) England's six-wicket win in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle was their fifth consecutive win overseas -- a first in 107 years. The last time they won five-plus Tests was between 1911 and 1914.
2021-01-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
English cricketers will have to look after each other in India: Root
Galle, Jan 25 (IANS) England skipper Joe Root on Monday said that the upcoming series against India would challenge them as their period away from home and inside a bio-bubble will keep increasing with every passing day, and they will have to stick together.
2021-01-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
England close in on Australia in World Test Championship final race
Galle, Jan 25 (IANS) The World Test Championship (WTC) final race is hotting up with fourth-placed England moving within 0.5 percentage points (PCT) of third-placed Australia. India are on top of the table with 71.7 percentage points, followed by New Zealand on 70.0 per cent.
2021-01-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
England turn tables on Sri Lanka, win 2nd Test by 6 wickets
Galle, Jan 25 (IANS) England defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second Test to seal the two-match series 2-0. Needing 164 to win, the English faltered when reduced to 89 for four. But opener Dominic Sibley and No. 6 Jos Buttler shared an unbeaten 75-run partnership for the fifth wicket to lead their team to victory.
2021-01-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka to conduct elephant census after 10 years
Colombo, Jan 25 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Department of Wildlife Conservation will conduct an island-wide elephant census this year after a decade to determine the exact number of the animals in the country, local media reported on Monday.
2021-01-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Environment/Wildlife
Joe Root now 4th highest Test run-getter for England
Galle, Jan 25 (IANS) England skipper Joe Root has gone past Kevin Pietersen and David Gower to become the fourth-highest run-getter for his country in Test cricket.
2021-01-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Root scores 186 as Embuldeniya takes seven, Eng close gap on SL
Galle, Jan 24 (IANS) Captain Joe Root's 186 helped England reduce Sri Lanka's lead to 42 runs on the third day of the second Test at Galle. Sri Lanka's Lasith Embuldeniya was the star of the day for the hosts as he picked up seven wickets in the 41 overs he bowled.
2021-01-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL to receive 1st batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines
Colombo, Jan 24 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in India is expected to arrive in the island nation on Wednesday.
2021-01-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lankan Health Minister tests coronavirus positive
Colombo, Jan 24 (IANS) Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Health Ministry officials confirmed.
2021-01-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Root topples Boycott, becomes 6th highest run scorer for England
Galle, Jan 23 (IANS) England captain Joe Root went past former opener Geoffrey Boycott on the list of top run-getters for England here on Saturday. Root, who was unbeaten on 67 after the end of the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, has moved to 8,119 runs and is now five runs clear of Boycott, who retired a long time ago.
2021-01-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Root leads England reply after Sri Lanka score 381
Galle (Sri Lanka), Jan 23 (IANS) England overcame early loss of wickets to end the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at 98 for two with skipper Joe Root leading the charge with an unbeaten 67, as the visitors replied to Sri Lanka's 381 in the first innings. England are still 283 runs behind with eight wickets in hand.
2021-01-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
James Anderson picks 30th five-wicket haul, goes clear of McGrath
Galle, Jan 23 (IANS) James Anderson picked his 30th five-wicket haul in Test cricket as he moved to sole sixth position among cricketers with most five-wicket hauls.
2021-01-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
2nd Test: Matthews's century helps Sri Lanka edge ahead
Galle, Jan 22 (IANS) Angelo Matthews led the way with an unbeaten 107 as Sri Lanka fought back from losing two early wickets for just seven runs to end the first day of the second Test against England on 229/4 on Friday.
2021-01-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL grants approval for Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine's emergency use
Colombo, Jan 22 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities on Friday granted approval for the emergency use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Minister for Pharmaceutical Production and Regulation Channa Jayasumana said.
2021-01-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine
Sri Lanka opt to bat in second Test against England
Galle, Jan 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat in the second and final Test against England beginning Friday at the Galle International Stadium.
2021-01-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL fully reopens borders to tourists, international arrivals
Colombo, Jan 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka has completely reopened its borders to tourists and international arrivals, after flight operations were suspended 10 months ago in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
2021-01-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Anderson replaces Broad in England team for second Test vs SL
Galle, Jan 21 (IANS) England have made one change to the squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka starting here on Friday (January 22) with pace bowler James Anderson replacing fellow pacer Stuart Broad, who has been rested.
2021-01-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka's Covid-19 caseload tops 50,000
Colombo, Jan 21 (IANS) Sri Lanka's overall coronavirus caseload surpassed the 55,000 mark on Thursday after over 700 people tested positive for the disease, the Health Ministry announced.
2021-01-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL to make sign language recognised means of communication
Colombo, Jan 19 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Cabinet on Tuesday approved to make sign language a recognised means of communication, the Government Information Department said
2021-01-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Human Interest/Society,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Root double ton headlines England's win over SL in 1st Test
Galle, Jan 18 (IANS) England on Monday completed the formalities of scoring the additional 36 runs to win the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets at the Galle International Stadium.
2021-01-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
1st Test: England 36 runs away from win after frantic Day 4
Galle, Jan 17 (IANS) England were left on 38/3, needing 36 more runs to win after a frantic end to the fourth day of their first Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
2021-01-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
1st Test: SL fight back after Root double ton
Galle, Jan 16 (IANS) Sri Lankan openers Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne led a fightback from the hosts with a 101-run partnership after England captain Joe Root's double hundred powered them to a score of 421 on Day 3 of the first Test. At stumps, Sri Lanka were 156/2 and trailed England by 130 runs.
2021-01-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Joe Root scores big ton, helps England gain sizeable lead over SL
Galle, Jan 15 (IANS) England captain Joe Root scored an unbeaten 168 as his team ended the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at 320 for four. The visitors are 185 runs ahead of Sri Lanka. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was at the crease on seven with Root.
2021-01-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Two staff members in England's hotel in Galle test Covid positive
Galle (Sri Lanka), Jan 15 (IANS) Two staff members at the hotel in Galle where members of the England cricket squad are residing during their tour of Sri Lanka have reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.
2021-01-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL vs ENG 1st Test: Visitors in control after Bess fifer
Galle (Sri Lanka), Jan 14 (IANS) England's Dom Bess bagged five wickets for 30, his career-best figures in a Test innings, as the visitors dominated the first day of their first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday. England ended the day on 127/2 with captain Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow at the crease, trailing Sri Lanka by eight runs after the hosts were dismissed for 135.
2021-01-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka Covid-19 caseload top 50,000
Colombo, Jan 14 (IANS) The total number of Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka has surpassed the 50,000-mark, after over 600 new patients tested positive in the last 24 hours, according to the statistics from the country's Health Ministry.
2021-01-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
1st Test: Karunaratne ruled out, Chandimal to lead SL against Eng
Galle, Jan 14 (IANS) Regular Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been ruled out of the first Test against England, and in his place, Dinesh Chandimal will be leading the side in the match which began Thursday at the Galle International Stadium.
2021-01-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL detects first patient with new Covid variant
Colombo, Jan 13 (IANS) Sri Lanka has detected the new strain of the Covid-19 virus after a British national who has arrived here recently tested positive for the new variant, Chief Epidemiologist of the Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit Sudath Samaraweera said on Wednesday.
2021-01-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Angelo Mathews named in Lanka squad for England Tests
Colombo, Jan 13 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket has announced their squad for the two-match Test series against England in which they have included star all-rounder Angelo Mathews.
2021-01-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka needs India's help to bridge growing ethnic rift
Colombo, Jan 12 (IANS) The destruction of a war memorial in Jaffna University, followed by a decision to restore it, has yet again exposed the uneasy relationship between ethnic communities, and the need for Sri Lanka to heal from within.
2021-01-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Covid-19 vaccines to arrive in SL by Feb
Colombo, Jan 12 (IANS) Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Sri Lanka by February and citizens could receive the jab by mid or end of next month, a top government official has confirmation.
2021-01-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Anderson banks on reverse swing for wickets in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS) James Anderson hopes the tour of Sri Lanka this time will prove more frutiful for him than in previous years as he looks to exploit reverse swing and movement with the new ball.
2021-01-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Moeen Ali tests positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in SL
Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS) England all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival with the English cricket team in Sri Lanka.
2021-01-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
68,000 overseas Sri Lankans await repatriation: Govt
Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry has said that an estimated 68,000 overseas nationals were awaiting repatriation due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
2021-01-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Covid-19 vaccine could be available in SL by March: WHO
Colombo, Dec 30 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) has assured that a Covid-19 vaccine could be made available for Sri Lanka by March 2021, as health authorities in the island nation have stepped up efforts to improve cold chain requirements for the storage of the doses, an official said here.
2020-12-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lanka reopens southern airport under pilot program
Colombo, Dec 28 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Monday kicked-off a pilot program to welcome tourists into the island country by re-opening a southern airport, as its international airports have remained shut since March due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
2020-12-28
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka's Covid-19 caseload surpasses 40,000
Colombo, Dec 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka's overall coronavirus caseload has surpassed the 40,000 mark after 500 more people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.
2020-12-27
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL endorsed as Vice Chair of Indian Ocean Rim Association
Colombo, Dec 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka has been endorsed as the Vice Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers from 2021 to 2023 and will take over the position from 2023 to 2025, the Foreign Ministry in Colombo said in a statement on Friday.
2020-12-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka records highest annual elephant deaths
Colombo, Dec 13 (IANS) Sri Lanka has recorded the highest annual elephant deaths and second-highest human deaths in the world due to the human-elephant conflict, the island-nation's Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) reported.
2020-12-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Environment/Wildlife
Sri Lanka's Covid-19 caseload tops 30k
Colombo, Dec 10 (IANS) Sri Lanka's overall coronavirus caseload surpassed the 30,000-mark on Thursday after more than 700 people tested positive in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry.
2020-12-10
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
'Sri Lanka's prison riot completely controlled'
Colombo, Dec 2 (IANS) Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne has said the unrest in a prison in Mahara had been completely controlled and investigations were on, according to local media.
2020-12-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Cyclone Burevi to hit Sri Lanka with heavy rain, strong winds
Colombo, Dec 2 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Meteorology Department on Wednesday said cyclonic storm Burevi was likely to hit the country's eastern coast late in the evening, causing heavy rain and strong winds in the island country.
2020-12-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Environment/Wildlife,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Perera's 97 powers Jaffna to big win in LPL
Hambantota (Sri Lanka), Nov 30 (IANS) Jaffna Stallions defeated Dambulla Viking by 66 runs in a Lanka Premier League T20 match here on Monday.
2020-11-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket